Plastics - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780081024997, 9780081025000


4th Edition

Microstructure and Engineering Applications

Authors: Mike Jenkins Stephen Kukureka Nigel Mills
eBook ISBN: 9780081025000
Paperback ISBN: 9780081024997
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st October 2019
Page Count: 600
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Plastics: Microstructure and Applications is the key text for senior students studying the science and engineering of plastic materials, and a valuable introduction to the fundamentals of plastic properties for anybody new to the field.

Starting from microstructure and physical properties, the book covers the mechanical, chemical and electrical properties of plastic materials, and also deals in detail with wider plastics issues that today’s engineers and materials scientists need such as manufacturing processes and the design of plastic products.

In addition to a thorough revision of the book to reflect advances in the field, such as by including more detailed discussion of characterization techniques, crystallization, and molecular structure. Thermoplastic composites, 3D printing and electrical properties of plastics will also be covered in substantially more detail. New techniques such as thermogravimetric analysis have been added. An entirely new chapter has also been added to cover sustainability, life cycle analysis, and waste disposal considerations of plastics materials.

Key Features

  • Provides introductory information for students of plastics technology, materials science, mechanical engineering, and other fields
  • A useful introduction to the fundamentals of plastics for academic and industrial researchers from other fields
  • Includes substantial new coverage of electrical properties of plastics, and an entirely new chapter on sustainability and life cycle analysis of plastic materials


Students of plastics engineering, polymer science, mechanical engineering, materials science, materials chemistry. Post-graduate/industrial researchers entering into plastics or materials science from other fields

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Plastics
2. Molecular Structures and Polymer Manufacture
3. Microstructure
4. Polymeric Composites
5. Processing
6. Effects of Melt Processing
7. Viscoelastic Behaviour
8. Yielding
9. Fracture
10. Degradation and Environmental Effects
11. Transport Properties
12. Electrical Properties
13. Design: Material and Shape Selection
14. Engineering Case Studies
15. Sport and Biomaterials Case Studies
16. Sustainable Development and Life Cycle Analysis


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About the Author

Mike Jenkins

Mike Jenkins is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham, UK. Dr Jenkins has published widely in the field of polymers.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Birmingham, UK

Stephen Kukureka

Nigel Mills

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, UK

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